Dwayne Harold Fink
06/15/1932 - 06/25/2020
Tempe, AZ
Dwayne Harold Fink was born 15 June 1932 in Naeve Hospital, Albert Lea, Minnesota to Harold and Dora (Lutteke) Fink. Dwayne died June 25, 2020. His ashes are to be scattered with wife Edna’s at the University Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden in Tempe, Arizona.

Dwayne grew up a farm boy where he learned to gather eggs, feed calves, birth sows and cows, drive horses and tractors, raise bees, plan & plant gardens, build bird houses, plus a gazillion other tasks required to make a farm hum. Everything he learned after that was filtered through that rural/farm background.

He was first formally educated (K-8) in the one-room Freeborn Country School Dist. 69, near Conger, that had been established by his Great Grandfather Frederick Finke. Dwayne graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1950; his favorite classes/experiences revolved around Agriculture, Future Farmers of America, and Journalism (writing for the weekly AhLaHaSa and school year-book).

Dwayne served in the Army during the Korean War. There were no medals of honor: all was quiet atop the bombed out HeartBreak Ridge as both sides were hoping that the armistice would come soon, which, thank God it did.

Those two years of military service changed Dwayne's life for good. After the war, Dwayne signed up for the G.I. Bill, and enrolled at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his M.S. in Soils. This cerebral introduction only farther wetted his love of science, so he continued on - obtaining a PhD in Agronomy/Soils at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI).

God answered Dwayne's prayer for a loving wife, by arranging a happenstance meeting with the beautiful Edna Dewey. God knew their respective time schedules (Jeremiah 29:11), permitting adequate time for a memorable courtship, and the perfect wedding sandwiched between U of M and VPI (Sep 4, 1960,Blairstown, Iowa). After academia, Dwayne worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Phoenix, AZ. His research involved finding new potential crops grown in the arid Arizona desert (Jojoba, Guayule, and Christmas trees).

Upon retirement, Dwayne discovered Audubon and birding, and the trials of being a progressive Democrat in Arizona. He compiled several genealogy books with brother Roger on their extended family. Edna went on ahead in 2017.

It was a good life - all 88 years of it. Dwayne had/has six siblings: (deceased: Delores (Lane) Lee, Roger (JoAnne), Steven), and Wally (Sue), and surviving: Joan (Dick) Mattick and Margery (Don) Laugen) and is survived by sixteen nieces and nephews.

Dwayne is survived by three children (Laura Renee, Roric Robert, and Kendall Harold, and five grandchildren (Laura and Jim Knorr's Clarissa, Kendric and Jason, and Kendall and Lara's Justin and Alyssa).

A service will be planned for a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Cottey College, Edna M Fink scholarship, Dwayne established at Cottey.edu/give or Cottey College, Institutional Advancement, 1000 W Austin Blvd, Nevada MO 64772

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